March 28th, 2008
09:44 AM ET
7 years ago

Dean wants Clinton-Obama fight over before convention

CNN

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(CNN) – Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told CNN Friday his party's system for choosing presidential candidates is "not a mess," despite the maze of complexities exposed by the close, bitter battle between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

He also gave his clearest indication to date that he would like the fight wrapped up before the official nominating convention in August - as well as a guide on how to end it.

He said the undecided superdelegates - party officials who can choose whom to back - should weigh in once the voters have had their say.

"I'd like the other 350 (superdelegates) to say who they're for at some point between now and the first of July so we don't have to take this into the convention," he said on "The Early Show" on CBS. He made similar remarks on ABC.

Dean told CNN he's convinced the delegates from Florida and Michigan, who are currently not being counted, will ultimately be seated at the convention.

And he told CNN that party leadership has had "extensive discussions" with the Clinton and Obama campaigns to cool down their rhetoric.

"I don't think the party is going to implode," he said when asked about that possibility.

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(Udpates with Dean's comments on Superdelegates)

– CNN's Josh Levs

soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. Rebecca

    If Hillary Clinton does not win the nomination the Democratic Party will be destroyed!!! OBAMA IS A RACIST, LYER, THIEF, AND WOULD ENBOLDEN THE TERRORISTS. Dean and the rest of the Democratic Party better wake up, if Obama is elected McCain wins. Look at the polls, they prove Clinton is the better nominee.

    March 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. CMS, CA

    Everyone remember Kevin Bacon's policeman role at the end of Animal house screaming, "Keep calm everyone, All is well!" He ends up a pancake on the sidewalk after being run over by a mob.

    Howard, if you can't be honest and realize you are leading your party into a 1968 like convention, you really have no business leading it. You remind me of all the recent scumbag CEOs who sold their companies down the river after they were done looting them.

    March 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Chris, Orlando

    The Dems can't run a national primary/nomination process and they want to take over National Healthcare?

    What a pathetic joke.

    March 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Bill from ALabama

    I AGREE WITH DEAN ON SEVERAL POINTS,BUT I THINK HE AND MOST OF THE MEDIA HAVE GROSSLY UNDER-ESTIMATED THE EFFECTS OF REV. WRIGHT AND THE PARTICULAR CHURCH OF CHRIST HE PASTORED ,AND OBAMA ATTENDED FOR OVER 15 YEARS. THIS DEFINITELTY WILL HAVE A MAJOR ROLE IN DETERMINING WHETHER OR NOT OBAMA HAS THE GOOD JUDGEMENT HE HAS OFFERED AS HIS RESUME FOR THE PRESIDENCY. NOTHING OBAMA SAYS NOW,CAN CHANGE THE FACT THAT HE SELECTED A MOST RADICAL CHURCH,ADOPTED AS HIS"MENTOR" A MOST RADICAL PREACHER, AND HAS MORE THAN DEMONSTRATED HIS CONTINUED RADICALNESS IN THE SENATE BY BEING LABELED IT MOST LIBERAL MEMBER. I AM JUST SHOCKED THAT THE HEAD OFFICE OF ALL OF THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST HASN'T REMOVED ITS NAME FROM THIS CHURCH,IN LIGHT OF IT'S TEACHINGS. I KNOW THESE TEACHINGS ARE IN COMPLETE CONTRAST FROM ANY CHURCH OF CHRIST I HAVE ATTENDED. YOU CAN'T SAY A MAN IS YOUR MENTOR AND THEN SAY YOU WOULD HAVE LEFT THE CHURCH IF HE HADN'T RETIRED. REV. WRIGHT WAS PROBABLY ESCORTED OFF THE SCENE TO PROTECT OBAMA'S CHANCES,AND THE TRIP TO ST THOMAS PROBABLY HAD AN AGENDA,BEYOND JUST RELAXING. REV WRIGHT SEEMS TO BE ON A SEBATICAL FOR AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF TIME..................

    March 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. H

    TO RICK IN FLORIDA – IT WAS NOT REQUIRED FOR ANY CANDIDATE TO REMOVE HIS OR HER NAME FROM BALLOTS IN MICHIGAN. THAT WAS STATED BEFORE. HILLARY ELECTED TO LEAVE HER NAME ON THE BALLOT. IN FLORIDA BOTH HILLARY AND OBAMA NAMES WERE ON THE BALLOT. JUST REMEMBER OBAMA HAD A NATIONAL AD RUNNING ON THE TELEVISION IN FLORIDA BEFORE THE ELECTION. DO YOU THINK THAT IS OK BECAUSE IT WAS OBAMA. GIVE ME A BREAK? HILLARY CAME TO FLORIDA AFTER THE POLLS CLOSED. GUESS SHE NEEDS YOUR PERMISSION.

    HOWARD DEAN AND SOME OF THE OTHER DEMOCRATICS HAVE DESTROYED OUR PARTY. IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME BECAUSE OF HATE, HATE, AND MORE HATE.

    March 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. AMW - Los Angeles

    Why wait....seat the delegates now!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Florida all candidates were on the ballot and Obama campaigned.

    Michigan – poor judgment on Obama's part to remove his name but he did have staff having people vote for the uncommitted as a vote against Clinton. So seat the delegates!

    Seat the delegates now and get it over with.

    To let it go to the convention will loose more people from those two states and it just isn't worth the loss when it comes to the election in November!!!! No sense in waiting.

    March 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Chicago08

    SCC,

    HE DECIDED TO REMOVE HIS NAME FROM THE BALLOT IN MI. AND HE RAN ILLEGAL ADS IN FL

    We us a break!!!

    March 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Edd

    As what HILLARY said, let's fight it to the August Convention! I would love to do that! Survival of the fittest & let's see who's the credible & electable candidate!

    To all Obama supporters: Do you easily think that HILLARY will surrender easily? Dream On! HILLARY won all the big blue states that a Democrat should win, next is PA! HILLARY will win this at the end! She is a fighter!!!! LOVE HER!

    March 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Ron in Kentucky

    STOP,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Everyone needs to chill out. The Democrats offer the only way out of the economic nightmare that we are facing.
    Anyone out there who would trust the future of our country to the Republicans after they have plundered, pillaged and ravaged our economy and worldwide goodwill needs to wake up and smell the coffee.
    No matter how long it takes to finailize the Democratic nominee for the general election, we need to focus on the positive benefits of electing a democratic president vis a vis reinstating the Republicans to further destroy our country.

    March 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Patricia

    SCC wrote: Obama's name was NOT ON THE BALLOT in Michigan. Obviously you like Hillary. But that aside, do you really think that's fair? The Florida win for Hillary was obviously based on name recognition.

    Exactly. Don't you find it the least bit troubling that a Total Unknown (Obama) can gain so much support for the Presidency? What does it say about the mindset of people that they are willing to entrust the future of our children to Someone Who No One Knows. It is unbelievable to me that people, apparently, are supporting Obama because he is a nice looking black man who speaks well. Well, if that's all it takes to become President, why don't we just elect Chris Rock or Will Smith while we're at it? They're as qualified for the position as Obama is.

    March 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Charlie

    So let's see. Hillary wants the voice of the people to be heard, however, she wants the delegates to ignore the voice of the people. Florida and Michigan knew the rules going in. It would be unfair for everyone to change the rules now. And really, what kind of message does that send? The national committee made rules but they mean nothing.

    The real answer is to have all of the primaries and caucuses on the same day. That way all voters get an equal voice and not one swayed by previous results.

    March 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Rob in LA

    Dean is delusional. If, as he states, the process is better now than in that past, Heaven help us all.

    When the once-great Democratic party moves away from leadership such as Dean and similarly natured others, the better for that party and for America.

    Who finds these people, (ie: Dean)? And...do they (Dean and his ilk)really go to bed at night thinking that they're right in the head?

    March 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Pawan

    so the guy who could get it right the first time itself for america couldnt get it right regarding his personal life and the personal pastor. make me laugh.

    March 28, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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